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here’s been an explosive development in the indecent assault case against a former St Marys school teacher with revelations that another possible victim has come forward. 49-year-old Matthew Brunel George Thomas is alleged to have committed seven counts of ‘aggravated assault of a person under 16’ and two counts of ‘incite act of indecency’ against three female students, two aged 11 and one aged nine. It comes after he was charged in May last year with three counts of indecent assault of a student, 12, which resulted in his suspension from duty.

Now the Crown prosecutor has flagged the possibility of a fifth victim. It is understood the alleged victim was interviewed by police recently and there is the possibility of further charges being laid against Mr Thomas. The prosecution will claim the crimes were committed between the end of 2015 and mid-2016. The school where Mr Thomas worked cannot be named. In court last week, the defence and prosecution also confirmed negotiations between the parties had broken down, meaning the accused will likely stand trial for the alleged crimes later this year. Mr Thomas is pleading not guilty to all charges. Full story and more court news: Page 14.

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No love for Kevin’s slide show Crameri angry over fellow Councillors’ lack of interest in his presentation on noxious weeds JADE ALIPRANDI

war of words broke out at Penrith Council’s Policy Review meeting on Monday night between Liberal Councillor Bernard Bratusa and Independent Councillor Kevin Crameri. Cr Crameri has blasted his fellow Councillors for “not caring” and “lacking interest” in his presentation on noxious weeds. Cr Bratusa told Cr Crameri, who he was sitting next to at the February 13 meeting, that he was fed up with being accused of not caring about the Penrith community. “I have to say I’m always offended by Cr Crameri when he assumes that we [Councillors] do not care about our community,” Cr Bratusa said. “Every Councillor here is proud to represent this community and I’m just constantly offended by his opinion of us.” Cr Bratusa was responding to Cr Crameri’s presentation about the management of noxious weeds on road sides and traffic islands, based on a report presented by Council. Cr Crameri said numerous times during his presentation, “but it seems people here will stick their heads in the sand like ostriches and not do anything”, referring

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Independent Penrith Councillor Kevin Crameri. Photo: Melinda Jane

to the lack of engagement on his presentation by his fellow Councillors. “Council officers should be looking at this and should see what’s going on with the management of the weeds,” Cr Crameri told the Weekender. “Councillors should be up to scratch on these issues or take note from someone who knows something. “If he (Cr Bratusa) is offended by me saying they don’t care, I don’t care. I’m there to protect the people of this community and the environment.” Cr Crameri was becoming visibility frustrated as his presentation wore on on Monday night. “I brought in the weeds I was talking about to show everyone... I was showing them photos on the slides,” he said. “But they kept interrupting me or talking during my presentation – they don’t know what I’m talking about and they’re not interested in learning it.” A report will come back to Council at a future meeting. “I’m disappointed that they weren’t paying attention and that’s why I stopped talking,” Cr Crameri said. “It’s going to come back to another meeting though and hopefully in the future what I’m saying will come to fruition.”

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any of you grew up in a Penrith vastly different to the one we see today and the one that will exist in the future. But no matter what era of this great city you remember most fondly, one thing has always remained constant – the pride we have in living here. Another constant is our divided view on growth and change. On one hand, plenty of people wish for Penrith to retain its ‘country’ feel and have a disdain for apartments, population growth and our desire to be a city that can compete with economic powerhouses such as Parramatta. On the other hand, plenty demand jobs close to home, better infrastructure and a lifestyle akin to that of a big city, with a touch of regional feel. The latter is winning out. Penrith is in an extraordinary growth phase, with its population to explode in coming years and the infrastructure to match it also in the pipeline. But as residents, we need to expect that it comes with a cost. We complain about a lack of parking in the Penrith CBD, yet we’ll also complain if a multi-deck car park opens and has fees attached, or if parking meters are eventually implemented. The truth is that a city like the one Penrith is becoming simply can’t cater for you to drive up to a store on High Street you want to visit and park for free for a few hours. It’s simply not sustainable. And when it comes to bigger projects, like the upgraded M4 and WestConnex, we also need to accept that we’ll most likely by paying a toll.

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And we’ll pay that toll because the trip from Penrith to the city or other parts of Sydney will be faster, easier and more efficient. I find the current Labor campaign against the new tolls quite amusing given this is the same party that back in 1995 promised to remove the M4 and M5 tolls, but later backtracked and introduced a confusing and difficult ‘cash back’ system instead. More than 20 years after Bob Carr’s big election promise, the M5 toll is still there and it took 15 years for the M4 toll booths to be confined to history. At the end of the day, there will be a toll free way to reach your destination even when the M4 upgrade and WestConnex is finished. But if you want to take the quickest route, you’ll need to pay for it. We need to accept that, like most big cities around the world, driving from A to B doesn’t come cheap. And then we come to the new airport at Badgerys Creek and the ongoing debate surrounding not only its operation, but its very existence.

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Quite rightly Lindsay MP Emma Husar is standing up for the local community and demanding that the airport operate under certain restrictions and conditions, so it does not adversely impact residents to any major extreme. I completely agree with the argument that if a 24/7 airport isn’t a right fit for Kingsford Smith, it can’t be a right fit for Badgerys Creek. But the airport itself should and will be built. Western Sydney is the logical place for such a major piece of infrastructure, that will be a game changer in terms of the local economy and jobs closer to home. Penrith may well be a different city to the one I grew up in, but it’s hard not to be excited about what the opportunities of today will deliver to the generations that will call Penrith home tomorrow. The quicker we embrace and accept the growth, the better it will be for all of us. Penrith is on the up. You can either join the ride, or become a professional whinger stuck in a bygone era. The pride you have in living here can still exist no matter how much changes; but it now extends to being proud of the city Penrith is poised to become. And another thing... Today the Weekender farewells one of our longest serving staff members in the shape of James Miller. James has been involved in the print media world here in Penrith for the past 30 years, most of that time spent with the Weekender’s real estate section. James will be sorely missed and we thank him for the enormous contribution he’s made to the paper over many years.

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Penrith set to experience jobs boom • Up to 55,000 new local jobs by 2031 • Health and education plays key role • Chance to drive growth JADE ALIPRANDI

p to 55,000 local jobs will be created by 2031, thanks to the Economic Development Strategy presented by Penrith Council this week. The Economic Development Strategy, endorsed by Council at the end of 2016 and unveiled at a Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce event this week, details key industry sectors that will be targeted. With the aim of growing jobs closer to home, over 12,500 jobs will be created in the health sector, 9,500 in education, 5,000 in arts and culture, 3,500 in advanced manufacturing, 2,000 in tourism, and 2,000 in advanced logistics. These figures will be complemented by growth in service activity in the night-time economy, small business and residential services to create between 42,000 and 55,000 new jobs. Penrith Mayor John Thain said it’s a great thing to have new jobs created in the region. “This strategic framework shows how we can best support economic development, foster greater investment and ensure there are more jobs close to home for our residents,” Cr Thain said.

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“The job target is bold but can be realised through focused action and partnering with industry, business, governments and the community. There are clear leverage points and sectorial strengths for driving growth.” Penrith is standing as a regional city with game-changing catalyst development including the Western Sydney Airport, Western Sydney Priority Growth Area, Penrith Health and Education Precinct and Sydney Science Park, and is considered to be well positioned for the future. Penrith’s location, land, infrastructure, increasing diversity and strong leadership make the city unique and are opportunities to trigger economic development, Cr Thain said. “This strategy is about creating opportunities for our growing community,” he said. “It’s about capitalising on our region’s prospects and finding partners to help deliver innovative and remarkable results. “While we’re being increasingly acknowledged as regional leaders and recognised for our smart growth approach to realising the community-endorsed blueprint for Penrith, a city of the future, we mustn’t wane in our commitment to providing more jobs close to home.”

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young mother and her baby have locked themselves in a bedroom in an attempt to protect themselves from her ex-partner. Police attended a residence at Jamisontown on Friday, February 10, following an aggravated break and enter. Shortly before 1.15am, it is understood that the 18-year-old victim and her young daughter were inside a residence at Regentville Road with another male family member. It is then alleged that the woman’s ex-partner has smashed the common entry glass door to the complex of units at the residence. Fearing for her safety, the woman then

hid in the bedroom with her baby and locked the door. The male ex-partner then climbed onto the unit’s balcony in an attempt to gain entry to the residence, where he was unsuccessful. He then made his was to the front door where he was able to force entry by kicking open the door. However, the male then fled when he came across the victim’s relative in the unit. The perpetrator, a 21-year-old South Penrith man, handed himself in to Penrith Police a short time later. He was charged with ‘aggravated break and enter with intent knowing person there’, and was refused bail. He will appear in Penrith Local Court on March 17.

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Acknowledging historic apology Aboriginal woman recounts horrors of her childhood as Council brings community together JADE ALIPRANDI

enrith has marked the anniversary of the national apology to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a special family reunion taking place at Penrith City Council. The apology was made nine years ago by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in relation to past laws, policies and practices which have impacted on Australia’s First Nations Peoples, and particularly members of the Stolen Generations. On Monday, Council remembered the apology with a special commemoration at the Civic Centre. The two guest speakers invited to help mark the occasion, Janice Kennedy and Peter Brown, met for the first time on Monday and realised they’re actually related – Ms Kennedy is Mr Brown’s aunty. They described Monday’s event as a very emotional time. “It’s an absolute pleasure and was unexpected,” Ms Kennedy said. The 74-year-old, who is originally from Kempsey on the mid-north coast, was at the event to share her story. “I was taken from my family at just 13-years-old,” she said.

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“I was taken to an orphanage near Taree and was taken from my Aunty and sister.” Ms Kennedy made several escapes over the years but the Aboriginal Protection Board continued to take her away. From the late 1950s Ms Kennedy was taken to Sydney twice to work as a servant. During her time away on the second occasion, both Ms Kennedy’s sister and Aunty died. She never saw them again. “I met the man who became the father of my six children; he gave us a good life and was a hard working man until he died in 1988,” she said. “I’m here today because of the strength of my family and support from them; I’m here because of my determination.” Penrith Mayor John Thain said it’s extremely important to mark the anniversary with the commemoration event. “The event presents an opportunity to acknowledge how far we have come in our journey since that historic day, and to discuss the issues we still face – both old and new,” he said. “In the spirit of the apology made nine years ago, this event is a powerful reminder that our community’s future is shared between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

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● Work continues this weekend to remove the two bridges over Station Street, as part of the project to remove the Allen Place ramp and elevated car park. The removal, to take place over another two weekends (Saturday nights, Sundays and Sunday nights only), was scheduled to minimise disruption to businesses in the vicinity. Station Street will be closed to traffic, from Henry Street and High Street from 9pm on Saturdays (18 and 25 February), through to 5am on Mondays (20 and 27 February). The 10-week project to remove the Allen Place ramp and elevated car park is on schedule. The project is expected to be completed by Monday, 20 March 2017, weather permitting. The ramps have been closed since March 2015, so it is a significant step forward to be able to remove them and the elevated car park. Penrith Mayor John Thain said: “We apologise for any inconvenience and we thank the community for their cooperation.” For more information go to penrithcity.nsw.gov.au ● Council opened its first adult change facility in the arcade at Triangle Park this week. The change room features a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system, enough space and a safe and clean environment. Penrith Mayor John Thain said the new change facilities will give a sense of freedom and dignity to people with disability and their carers. ● A cricket game at Thornton on Friday, 17 February 2017 (5–8pm) between a Thornton Cricket Team and Penrith Cricket Club’s young guns will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Lord Sheffield touring team playing the Nepean District. One hundred and twenty five years ago this game was a big draw card for Penrith with Lord Sheffield’s presence widely known in the sport of cricket. Recreating this game again brings a great sense of community like it did in 1892.

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PUBLIC EXHIBITION Draft College, Orth and Werrington Creeks Catchment Overland Flow Flood Study Penrith City Council, together with technical and financial assistance from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, has completed the Draft College, Orth and Werrington Creeks Catchment Overland Flow Flood Study. This study which covers the College, Orth and Werrington Creeks Catchment (approximately 12 sq km) is located between the M4 motorway in the south and Dunheved Road in the north covering the suburbs of Werrington, Werrington County, Cambridge Park, Kingswood and Caddens. Public Exhibition The Draft College, Orth and Werrington Creeks Catchment Overland Flow Flood Study is on exhibition from Thursday, 23 February to Thursday, 30 March 2017. The Draft Study report can be viewed at the following locations: sCivic Centre (the Council’s Main office) s Penrith Library s3T-ARYS,IBRARY s#OUNCILS@(AVEYOURSAYWEBPAGE via penrithcity.nsw.gov.au We’re encouraging residents and business people to comment on this draft. Community Displays A community display will also be held at: s(AROLD#ORR#OMMUNITY#ENTRE 13–19 Cottage Street, Werrington Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 6–8pm All members of the community are invited to drop in. Council staff and external consultants will be at the event to help with any questions.

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Draft Little Creek Catchment Overland Flow Flood Study Penrith City Council, together with technical and ďŹ nancial assistance from the NSW OfďŹ ce of Environment and Heritage, has completed the Draft Little Creek Catchment Overland Flow Flood Study. This study which covers the Little Creek Catchment (approximately 4.8 sq km) is located between the M4 motorway in the south and Christie Street in the north covering the suburbs of Colyton, Oxley Park, St Marys and North St Marys. Public Exhibition The Draft Little Creek Catchment Overland Flow Flood Study is on exhibition from Thursday, 23 February to Thursday, 30 March 2017. The Draft Study report can be viewed at the following locations: s#IVIC#ENTRE (the Council’s Main ofďŹ ce) sPenrith Library s3T-ARYS,IBRARY s#OUNCILS@(AVEYOURSAYWEBPAGE via PENRITHCITYNSWGOVAU We’re encouraging residents and business people to comment on this draft. Community Displays A community display will also be held at:

The Planning Proposal seeks to: s Change the zoning of the sites from ‘RE1 Public Recreation’ to ‘R2 Low Density Residential’ (the same zoning as other residential land in Erskine Park), to permit their development for those uses permitted in that zone. s Reclassify the land from ‘Community’ to ‘Operational’, in order to permit it to be sold, if Council chooses to do so. s Establish a minimum lot size of 550sqm for each of the seven sites – the same minimum lot size standards which applies to other residential lots in Erskine Park. s Apply height controls of 8.5m to the seven sites – the same height control as applies to other residential land in Erskine Park. s Reinvest all money raised from the sale of any of the affected land into improved recreation and community facilities within Erskine Park (such as the recently upgraded Phoenix Park).

Details of these determinations are available for public inspection free of charge during Council’s normal business hours at the Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith.

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s Post: The General Manager (Attention: City Planning), Penrith City Council PO Box 60, Penrith NSW 2751

Council invites you to inspect and comment on a Planning Proposal to rezone and re-classify six Council-owned sites in Erskine Park and one in St Clair. The objective of the Planning Proposal is to improve the recreation and community facilities available to Erskine Park residents by enabling the sale of those sites which may no longer be required to meet community need and reinvesting all the proceeds back into recreation and community facilities in Erskine Park. The sites affected by the Planning Proposal are as follows: s Ashwick Reserve – 11 Ashwick Circuit, St Clair (Lot 35, DP812241). s Capella Street Reserve (eastern part, not the whole park) – 11A Canopus Close, Erskine Park (Lot 2174, DP776426). s Chameleon Drive (eastern part, not the whole park) – 25 Chameleon Drive, Erskine Park (Lot 1106, DP 709078). s Dilga Crescent Reserve – 9A Dilga Crescent, Erskine Park (Lot 148, DP 703879). s PaciďŹ c and Phoenix Reserve (north east part, not the whole park) – 27A Phoenix Crescent, Erskine Park (Lot 1444, DP 788282). s Regulus Reserve – 73 Swallow Drive, Erskine Park (Lot 3280, DP 786811). s Spica Reserve (south east part, not the whole park) – 85 Swallow Drive, Erskine Park (Lot 3281, DP 786811).

Pursuant to Section 101 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, the schedule below lists applications recently determined by Penrith City Council.

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s St Clair Library: St Clair Shopping Centre, Bennett Road and Endeavour Avenue, St Clair (between 10am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am–1pm Saturday).

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You are invited to comment by making a written submission on the proposal before 10 March 2017 by: s %MAILCITYPLANNINGTEAM PENRITHCITYNSWGOVAU

What Happens Next? After the public exhibition ends, an independently chaired public hearing will be held before any Council decision is made. The timing and venue for the public hearing will be published once the public exhibition has ended. Following the public hearing, Council will consider any public submissions received during the exhibition period, as well as the report of the Chair of the Public Hearing, before we determine whether to proceed with the Planning Proposal. Enquiries: Contact Council’s City Planning Team on 4732 8073 or 4732 8196.

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION DA17/0057

2215–2227 and 2229–2231 Castlereagh Road, Penrith Extension of existing storage facility, construction of 7 x food and drink premises including associated drive through facilities, car parking, landscape and drainage works Contact: Belinda Borg on 4732 7505 Closing Date: 3 March 2017

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Lot 6 DP 593628 and Lot 3 DP 1103503 (Nos. 46–66 and No. 46b) O’Connell Street, Caddens Stage 1 Development Application for a Concept Plan establishing indicative subdivision pattern, density projections, infrastructure layout and landscape embellishment works The proposal is Nominated Integrated Development. The application seeks approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service – Rural Fires Act 1997 and the NSW OfďŹ ce of Water – Water Management Act 2000 Sections 89, 90 & 91. The Development Application referred to in this notice and supporting documentation accompanying the subject application may be inspected at the locations listed below at any time during ordinary ofďŹ ce hours, in the period from 17 February 2017 to 20 March 2017. Any person may, during the exhibition period, make a submission in writing to Penrith City Council, in relation to the Development Application. Where a submission is made by way of an objection, the grounds of objection are to be speciďŹ ed in the submission. The submission is to include Council’s reference number DA17/0042. For any queries relating to the proposal, please contact Belinda Borg on 4732 7505.

The following Development Application has been received by Council: s Isaac Property Development

s Caddens Versatile Pty Ltd

6IEWINGOF$EVELOPMENT!PPLICATIONS The above development determination/s may be inspected between 8.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays) at Council’s Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith. OfďŹ cers of Council’s Development Services Department will be able to assist with your enquiries. Disclosure of Political Donations or Gifts Development Applications are displayed at the Penrith Civic Centre. By law, reportable political donations or gifts must be disclosed by anyone lodging a planning application to Council. Call 4732 7649 or visit PENRITHCITYNSWGOVAU

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Parking problems in Penrith are nothing new. On the front page of the February 21, 1957 edition of the Nepean Times, a report suggested that Council was considering ways to relieve the very significant parking problems on High Street.

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Record broken: Penrith tops 46.9 degrees Locals desperately try to escape the heat as Penrith swelters through unprecedented temperatures

Many locals headed to Ripples in Penrith to cool off during the heat wave. Photo: Megan Dunn presentations at Nepean Hospital this summer,” Dr Claire Helm, Deputy Director at Nepean Hospital’s Emergency Department said. “It’s great that the community has heeded hot weather health warnings so far but I’d like to remind everyone that as the hot weather remains, it’s important to continue to take precautions to stay well.” Meanwhile, a small fire broke out at Happy Inn Chinese Restaurant on Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough to stop the business from opening the next day. The extreme weather caused the cancellation of events right across Penrith and wider Sydney including most junior sports events. Cinema in the Park at St Marys was cancelled and the Nepean District Cricket Association called off all cricket matches for the weekend.

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enrith has sweltered through its hottest day on record, reaching a top of 46.9 degrees last Saturday. The temperature soared past the previous record of 46.5 degrees which was set in January 2013. High temperatures on Friday meant the day started off warm on Saturday, but between 12pm and 2pm temperatures rose by almost 10 degrees and continued to rise steadily ahead of the record temperature being set at around 3.30pm. Newlyweds Sarah and Mitch Priest had a day to remember, getting married in the sizzling summer sun at Mulgoa Valley Receptions. The couple began to get anxious through the week when guests messaged them about the expected heat. “I was worried about rain, I never imagined being worried about the heat,” Ms Priest said. “I bought hand fans for when we got photos in the sun and my gorgeous mother bought an esky with frozen, cold towels to put around our necks to cool down. “Despite the heat, everyone had an amazing attitude and didn’t complain at all.”

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Cables Wake Park was another popular location during the hot weather The heat was the perfect way for the couple to begin their next chapter, as the Penrith locals met in 2012 following a fire at the building they both worked in. “Mitch even said that rain, hail or record breaking heat couldn’t have kept him away from standing at the end of that aisle,” Ms Priest said. As locals flocked to the new water park at Ripples Penrith and Cables Aqua Park

to cool off during the day, the streets were noticeably quiet in the evening as residents followed warnings and stayed inside to beat the heat. Nepean Hospital’s Emergency Department had a busy weekend with more than 200 people presenting for care on Saturday and Sunday, nine of which were directly attributed to the high temperatures. “This is the first spike in heat-related

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enrith Council continues to move the city forward with the opening of a new adult change facility in the

CBD. The widely supported idea came from Deputy Mayor of Penrith, Tricia Hitchen, who has an 18-year-old disabled son. “I was out with the family one day and I needed to take my son home to change him,” Cr Hitchen told the Weekender. “I thought it was ridiculous that I had to go all the way home – it was a light bulb moment for me when I thought of this idea.” Unveiled on Wednesday, Cr Hitchen requested a Council proposal on the idea in an April 2016 meeting, which was met with unanimous support from her fellow Councillors. The $80,000 unisex change rooms are located in the adjoining arcade to The Triangle Park in the Penrith CBD. “I’m so proud, it’s so personal for me because it affects my life but I’m so proud this Council thought it was important,” Cr Hitchen said. “I’m just so happy that Council saw this as a priority.”

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Facilities will be installed around Penrith and St Marys with the next location, East Lane in St Marys, expected to be completed by the end of the year. Penrith Mayor John Thain said the new change facilities will give a sense of freedom and dignity to people with disability and their carers. “The adult change room allows people with disability to get out and about in Penrith and enjoy their time in the city knowing their toiletry and hygiene needs are catered for,” Cr Thain said. Cr Thain said bathroom access and facilities can be a major social issue. “The lack of appropriate toileting facilities is a fundamental barrier to social inclusion,” he said. “Access to these facilities has the ability to transform the lives of people with disability by allowing them to go places.” Phone applications, websites and disability organisations will all be updated with the information that the facility is there to use. “Penrith Council really is one of the best accessibility Councils in NSW, it’s always a focus and was long before I was here,” Cr Hitchen said. The new facilities in Penrith are now open and ready to be used.

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Former St Marys teacher may face more charges

A former St Marys school teacher accused of indecently assaulting four students could be hit with fresh charges after the discovery of another possible victim. Matthew Brunel George Thomas, 49, chose not to appear by video link when his matter was briefly mentioned before Penrith Local Court last Friday. In a blow to the defence, the Crown prosecutor flagged the possibility of laying further charges, telling the court police had recently interviewed a potential fifth victim. Thomas is alleged to have committed seven counts of ‘aggravated assault of a person under 16’ and two counts of ‘incite act of indecency’ against three female students, two aged 11 and one aged nine. It comes after he was charged in May last year with three counts of indecent assault of a student, 12, which resulted in his suspension from duty. The prosecution will claim the crimes were committed between the end of 2015 and mid-2016. The school where Thomas worked cannot be named for legal reasons. During the mention, the defence and prosecution also confirmed negotiations between the parties had broken down, meaning the accused will likely stand trial for the alleged crimes later this year. Thomas, who was bail refused in July 2016, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His matter was adjourned to March 17.

Truckie cops fine after kids found unrestrained in sleeper

A truck driver caught travelling with his three young children in the sleeper compartment of his rig has been slapped with a fine. Lawrence Charles Rafalo fronted Penrith Local Court last Thursday charged with three counts of ‘unrestrained child’. The court heard Mr Rafalo was en route to a truck show to raise money for charity

when his heavily pregnant wife, who was following behind with the children in a separate vehicle, fell unwell. Determining they had come too far to turn back, Mr Rafalo loaded the car onto the empty truck and they continued on their way, placing the kids, aged 11, six and five in the sleeper compartment. The defendant’s lawyer submitted his client didn’t intend to disobey the law, and asked that he only be penalised for one of the counts, given all charges related to the same period of offending. Magistrate Stephen Corry agreed to show mercy, but only because the accused was left with very little option. “I suppose in the circumstances you were left with little alternative, given the state of your wife,” he said, adding there was nothing to suggest they had not been properly restrained in the mother’s vehicle. He was convicted and fined $325.

Man had “massive night” before crashing into parked car

A drunk driver who blew 0.133 after colliding with a parked car has been stripped of his licence for nine months. Penrith Local Court heard Christopher Maric-Moore admitted to police he’d had a “massive night” following the car park bingle that saw him subsequently charged by police with mid-range drink driving. Magistrate Stephen Corry told the 23-year-old it was “beyond him” why he didn’t catch a taxi or walk home, considering he was obviously struggling to operate the vehicle. “You didn’t even make it out of the car park,” Magistrate Corry said. “You’re fortunate you didn’t make it out onto the road and no one else was in the motor vehicle you collided with,” he added. The court was told the forklift driver had tried to contact the owner of the car and was willing to pay for the damage. He was convicted and fined $600.

Man who spat on prison officer’s face sent to jail

A man who assaulted a service station attendant and was caught “red handed” with prohibited drugs in custody has been sentenced to 12 months jail. Simon Hayek appeared before Penrith Local Court via video link last Friday to be sentenced for the crimes, which also included assaulting a prison officer by spitting on his face. Magistrate Roger Clisdell said attacks on late night corner stores and service stations needed to be stamped out as the victims were at a “great disadvantage” – usually on their own performing a service to the community. The court also heard Mr Hayek was caught “red handed” on CCTV accepting drugs contained in balloons from someone visiting him at Parklea Jail. “Everyone knows drugs readily become available in a custodial environment – people who bring them in should expect to go in themselves,” Magistrate Clisdell said, adding it doesn’t matter if you are caught before they go into the general prison population. He was equally scathing of the defendant’s attack on the prison officer, saying spitting was once considered “distasteful” but contamination that can occur as a result of bodily fluid to the face now made it more “egregious”. He is eligible for release on parole on November 9.

Woman turned to shoplifting to buy clothes for work

A magistrate has blasted a shoplifter for using Kmart as her “personal clothier”, saying it shows she has scant regard for other people’s property. Tonilee Davis had only been free for two months and was subject to parole when she stole clothing and makeup from the discount department store, because she had no appropriate clothing to wear to her seasonal job, selling ice creams at the SCG.

Ms Davis, who is now serving the balance of her parole, had her sentence extended by an additional three months after pleading guilty to ‘shoplifting’ and ‘goods in custody’ at Penrith Local Court last week. Her Legal Aid lawyer said she now knows Centrelink offers payments for such circumstances, but Magistrate Stephen Corry slammed her failure to make inquires and instead turn to crime again. “Instead of speaking to your parole officer, you decided Kmart is your own personal clothier,” he said. She was convicted of ‘larceny’ and sentenced to seven months with a nonparole period of three, while she was handed a fixed-term of three months for the ‘goods in custody’ charge. With time already served, she will be eligible for release on March 28.

Woman attacked partner with pool cue

A woman who attacked her partner with a pool cue, shattering the stick, has been ordered to undertake 80 hours of community service. Magistrate Stephen Corry told Esma Sue Chatfield her now estranged partner could have been seriously injured during the clash, which her lawyer contended was the result of a “brain snap”. However, Magistrate Corry said he had to assume the victim was not badly hurt, because he “didn’t want to interrupt his drinking to talk to (police)”. He said he proposed to subject her to a penalty “one rung below going to jail”, and which allowed her to continue her counselling in the community.

Man regrets getting behind the wheel after being sent to prison

Anthony John Chaszczewski has been sent to the slammer after pleading guilty to ‘driving while disqualified’. The 43-year-old fronted Penrith Local Court last Thursday where he was sentenced to 15 months jail.

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South Penrith: Man fired gun during domestic dispute

A 27-year-old South Penrith man was arrested after he fired a shotgun during a domestic dispute. At about 6.30pm on Saturday, February 11 police attended Flavel Street, South Penrith following multiple calls from the public to 000. It is alleged that during a domestic dispute the man damaged property and made threats to discharge his firearm. Following additional threats, he discharged one round from a shotgun. When police arrived at the location, a number of witnesses provided information to the police allowing them to arrest the man. He was conveyed to Penrith Police Station and a number of firearms were seized from the residence for forensic examination. The man was charged with five offences including ‘Fire firearm in a manner likely to injure persons/property’ and ‘Handle or use firearm under the influence of alcohol’. An AVO was also applied for and served. The man faced court on Tuesday, February 14.

Penrith: Man wears birthday suit on Mulgoa Road

Police attended Mulgoa Road, Penrith at 6.45pm on Saturday, February 11 following numerous calls from the public about a disturbing sight. They came across a naked man wearing nothing but necklaces around his neck, standing on the pathway with one leg resting elevated on a fence. Police spoke to the male, who was uncooperative and refused to provide any details, and then provided false particulars. He was subsequently arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station where his identity was confirmed. The 33-year-old Cambridge Park male will front court in April.

St Marys: Man charged over crash that left 23-year-old hurt

The driver of a utility has been charged over a multi-vehicle crash at St Marys this week that trapped a 23-year-old Penrith man. The incident occurred at the intersection of Glossop and Phillip streets at about 3.35pm on Monday, February 13. Emergency services worked for some time to free the Penrith man, who was then taken to Westmead Hospital with a fractured left leg. No other persons were injured. The driver of the utility, a 22-year-old man from Surry Hills, was charged with ‘dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm’, and ‘negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm’.

St Marys: Teens busted after robbing pair on train

Two young males were robbed as they were on a train headed for St Marys at 1.00am on Sunday, February 12. It is alleged the train had passed Doonside Railway Station when a 15-year-old Bidwill female and a 16-year-old Tregear male walked by the pair. The youths returned to the males and told them they had a knife and demanded property. One of the young males handed over his phone, and the two youths left. Police were contacted and a short time later, the youths were located with the property and arrested.

Werrington: Drink driver caught after u-turn

A man who police pulled over for conducting an illegal u-turn in Werrington has been busted drink driving. The 29-year-old Rooty Hill man returned a positive sample and was taken to Penrith Police Station where he returned a reading of 0.70. He was then charged with a number of offences and will appear at Penrith Local Court on Thursday, March 16.

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been told that occasionally there is drug paraphernalia left over. Of course, being a kids and family area, we want to keep that out.” Ms Devine is hoping for as many people as possible from the community to help out, with staff from Richardson and Wrench Werrington County and Jordan Springs volunteering. Cambridge Park High School have also confirmed their involvement in the clean up efforts, and Ms Devine says the more the merrier. For more information on cleaning up Werrington Lakes, call Nicole on 9673 6133.

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A highly intoxicated driver who smashed into a power pole will learn his fate next month after being told a full-time custodial sentence was his only option. Magistrate Stephen Corry determined there was no way he could deal with Fouvale Asaua’s matter by way of suspended sentence, taking into account the aggravating features of the offence and more importantly, that it was the Samoan native’s third drink driving charge. The court heard the 55-year-old, who pleaded guilty to high-range drink driving, had “drastically curtailed his drinking” following his mid-range drink driving conviction back in 2011. But Magistrate Corry said some form of custodial sentence was inevitable due to the seriousness of the offence. He will be sentenced on March 23.

Friendly exchange Penrith students aged between 15 and 19 will have the opportunity to travel to Penrith’s sister city Fujieda and live with a Japanese family for three weeks in September and October 2017. They will experience Japanese culture, learn about the Japanese way of life and share their Australia with a Japanese student in return. In conjunction with Penrith Council, the Penrith International Friendship Committee has been successfully running this annual exchange program for 29 years and has facilitated the exchange of more than 240 students from Australia and Japan. For more details or to apply, call Kate on 4732 7736.

“Houses will be under serious threat” Councillor’s dire bushfire warning over new homes in Jordan Springs JADE ALIPRANDI

ouses in Jordan Springs could be under serious threat if a bushfire was to break out, according to Independent Penrith Councillor Kevin Crameri. Cr Crameri has asked for a memo back from Council on how several new developments along Ninth Avenue in Jordan Springs were approved as they leave no room for firefighters to gain access. It was agreed during the development stages that the street, shared by Jordan Springs and Llandilo, wouldn’t have a road behind it for fire crews to access but that the properties built along there would include side access to the back of the properties. “There are currently two homes being built there now and neither leave enough room for fire crews to get through,” Cr Crameri told the Weekender. “The homes are being built fence to fence and people aren’t being made aware of this when they purchase a home in the area. “It’s much too dangerous if a fire breaks out because it’s extremely time consuming for the fire crews to work around the homes.” A volunteer firefighter himself, Cr

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Penrith Councillor Kevin Crameri in Jordan Springs. Photo: Melinda Jane Crameri said when Council was approving the development two years ago, it was decided fire crews needed to have access in one way or another. “If a fire comes in from the southerly direction through the national park or something, houses will be under serious threat,” he said. “We have to pull the hoses out, unwind

them for about 100-200 metres to fight one section of fire and then we will have to wind them up again, move down further and wind them out again – it’s time consuming.” Cr Crameri has asked that any new houses approved in the area need to have access for firefighters, otherwise the consequences could be disastrous.

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In last week’s Weekender in an article about the naming of Western Sydney Airport, Councillor Ross Fowler finally admitted that the airport will bring adverse impacts to the people of Penrith. In fact he used this admission to give weight to his suggested name. For the past few years Cr Fowler along with many of his colleagues in the Labor/Liberal alliance on Penrith Council, have refused to acknowledge the airport project (if built), will adversely impact our health, noise and pollution levels, children’s learning abilities, lifestyle and our environment. Furthermore, these same Councillors have repeatedly refused to provide balanced information (impacts as well as benefits) to Penrith residents. They seem transfixed by a belief that airport jobs to be delivered in 40 years’ time, are worth the sacrifices our community will have to make from day one of airport operations. Many in our community think otherwise! TREVOR NEAL, EMU PLAINS

Courts must get serious Whenever I want a laugh I read your Law and Order page to hear the latest ridiculous sentences handed down by our local Penrith Court. I understand the Magistrates are only administering the laws as legislated by Parliament, but enough is enough. It’s time for a change, a serious change with more severe penal-

ties. How about the following changes; Abolish the first offence defence. If found guilty the penalty is such and such, no leniency; No more minimum or maximum sentences; No promising sportsperson, or I need my licence for work defence etc. If you’re guilty the penalty is this; No good behaviour bonds. If the person was a good behaviour citizen they wouldn’t be in court. BILL GRIFFITH, VIA EMAIL

Great memories What wonderful memories Paul Dorin brought back in last week’s paper (Longing for the corner shop, Weekender February 10). Every generation has things that the next will not, but I can’t help but think that we had it better in ‘our day’. I guess it is looked at through bias glasses, but the memories we had will last forever. The current generations move on too quickly, not creating any realistic or long-held memories. Ah, the corner shop – what a trip down memory lane! STEVE WILLOUGHBY, CRANEBROOK

Valentine’s Day is a rort! I am declaring Valentine’s Day a rort. Women who usually push for equality suddenly sit back and wait for flowers to be delivered, by the truckload! What an absolute retail rort this day is. TREVOR SMITH, VIA EMAIL

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Community

Your chance to have ‘Coffee with a Cop’ in Penrith next Thursday

First look inside Luke Priddis Foundation’s new learning space JADE ALIPRANDI

he team at the Luke Priddis Foundation in Penrith proudly unveiled their brand new state-of-the-art sensory integration learning space on High Street this week. A long time in the making, the project was made possible by Penrith Lions Club, Australian Lions Foundation and Bondi Lions Club, with the Penrith branch donating a whopping $18,000. On hand to help show off the new space was Penrith resident Maddison Fellowes, who was the first child at the Foundation to receive therapy just over three years ago. “This space is absolutely amazing – Maddison can come in here and play while getting her therapy at the same time,” Maddison’s mum, Kelly said. “The Foundation is just brilliant – the support from the team over the last few years has been amazing and I can’t thank them enough.” General Manager of the Foundation, Tamara Van Antwerpen, told the Weekender it’s a dream come true to see the room up and running. “It’s quite overwhelming,” she said. “I made a personal commitment from myself and my own family’s experiences as well as my position at the Founda-

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fficers from Penrith Local Area Command are inviting the community to come together to have a chat over a cup of coffee next week. On Thursday, February 23, local officers will come together at 10am in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and, of course, drink coffee. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police work in the Penrith region.

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“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” Commander of Penrith Local Area Command, Superintendent Brett McFadden said. “We are all engaged in the digital age of social media, but the face to face connection is something to be valued. These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.” Coffee with a Cop begins at 10am at Skipton’s Café, Skipton’s Arcade, 541 High Street in Penrith on Thursday, February 23. Similar events are being held right across NSW.

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Luke Priddis with Maddison Fellowes and her parents Michael Fellowes and Kelly Fellowes. Photo: Melinda Jane tion to make this happen – without the community it wouldn’t have happened. It’s an emotional time that’s for sure.” The Foundation aims to help families and children who have Autism with over 500 families seeking help from the team on a regular basis. The room will be used to hold both group and individual therapy sessions. For more information on the Luke Priddis Foundation, visit www.lukepriddisfoundation.com. See more pictures on our website at www.westernweekender.com.au.

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Daniel returns home to find some inspiration EMILY NEWTON

t Clair’s Daniel DiMarco has returned home for the first time in nine years to write his follow-up script after completing his first major film. After spending time in Los Angeles, New York and Canada, Mr DiMarco is excited to be home for at least a few months to begin work on his second film. “I hadn’t been home in nine years due to work, and it’s really important to get home and back to my parents’ place and my old friends, and get in that place where I can start from scratch,” Mr DiMarco said. “I think I write best in the environment that I grew up around... I don’t know how I went nine years.” He said it’s great to see that western Sydney still has that welcoming and comfortable feel. “It all seems really homely and comforting,” he said. “It’s really great to come back to the west, people treat each other better out here.” Mr DiMarco is already an award-winning Australian-Canadian writer and director, with two internationally recognised short films, ‘Spoon Man’ and ‘Bella’. His newly finished feature film, ‘Juggernaut’, was born out of frustration and

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explores a modern version of Cain and Abel. “I had a failed project that I had been working on for three years and I decided to cut the cord on that,” he said. “Some people are fated to love each other and some people are fated to hate each other, and I wanted to explore that.” The aid of the Australian and Canadian co-production treaty allowed him to create a film he could be proud of. “I am an Australian film maker, so it’s really weird hearing the Canadian and American accents on my film,” Mr DiMarco said. “I really want to make an Australian film, whether it’s this one, or the next one or the next one, I’ve always planned to make a film in Australia.” Mr DiMarco was overwhelmed at the support from cast and crew, and humbled to have worked alongside rising star Jack Kesy. “Right after I used him, he got one of the leads in ‘Baywatch’ with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron... and right as we speak he’s riding across the desert with Chris Hemsworth,” Mr DiMarco said. His current script, titled ‘The Bigamist’ will focus on strong female characters, a sharp contrast to the male oriented film of ‘Juggernaut’.

St Clair writer and director Daniel DiMarco has returned home after finishing his first feature film. Photo: Megan Dunn

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Council’s free Electronic Waste DropOff Day is back this Sunday, February 19 at Jamison Park, South Penrith from 9am – 3.30pm. Entry is via Jamison Road. Simply pack old televisions, computers, small kitchen appliances, stereos, mobile phones and other electronic waste in your car or trailer. The friendly staff will unload the items for you. You can bring electronic household items such as televisions, computers, printers, DVD players, mobile phones and microwaves. It’s vital that we recycle these items responsibly as sending them to landfill takes up a huge amount of unnecessary space, and some components can be toxic to the environment if not disposed of correctly. Did you know, for example, that 99 per cent of the components that make up a computer can be recycled? The metal and plastic is 100 per cent recyclable, and the glass is 99 per cent recyclable.

I’m proud of the initiatives and hard work of our community, whose ongoing commitment to sustainable waste management has made us a recognised leader in this area. Last year alone we diverted over 49,500 tonnes of organic and recyclable waste away from landfill. Whitegoods, gas bottles, batteries and paints cannot be accepted at the Electronic Waste Drop-Off Day. To receive a free SMS about our next Electronic Waste Drop-Off Day, Chemical Drop-Off Day and other waste and recycling initiatives send your name, home address and mobile phone number to rrr@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or call 4732 7615 to register for this free service. You can also download Council’s Waste Info app for your smartphone by searching for Penrith Waste Champion in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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but we had about 200 nominations in the first 48 hours,” she said. “When you nominate a school we ask where you want the money to be spent, and that’s where we’re getting the feedback that people want air conditioning for their school.” The idea for the campaign began as Ms Willcox was looking over marketing costs for the upcoming year, and wanted to give back to the community rather than spend thousands on advertising. Nominations are open until the end of March. Voting will begin in April with every nomination going through to the voting stage.

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fter supplying 70 Christmas hampers last year, Barnardos Western Region Auxiliary is kicking off this year’s fundraising with their annual summer fashion parade and sale. This Monday, February 27 from 10am the Auxiliary members are inviting the public to take part in their fundraiser to snap up a bargain. “We run two fashion parades each year, and have done for the last 15 years or so,” President Jill King said.

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Health

Silent killer often found when all hope is lost JADE ALIPRANDI

t’s a cancer that’s hard to find, hard to diagnose, and is often found in its late stages. Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in nearly a quarter of a million women globally, and is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year. Frequently diagnosed when the cancer is already at an advanced stage, women often delay seeking help. This may be because the woman thinks her symptoms are due to ‘the time of the month’, menopause, ‘something I ate’ or confused with other common stomach and digestive complaints. For Cranebrook resident, Sharon Carter, this was exactly the case when her experience began in 2012. “It started with things I didn’t recognise which I just thought was a part of getting older as a woman and the doctors I saw didn’t really pick anything up either,” she said. “Almost two years later, I was really questioning why I was having these symptoms, as well as several new problems.” Mrs Carter had numerous blood tests, middle of the night ambulance trips and multiple ultrasounds.

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She shocked gynaecologists and oncologists who immediately scheduled her for surgery when they found the 22x20x12cm lump in her pelvis, making the brave decision to have a complete hysterectomy via laparotomy. Post-surgery, doctors found an egg-sized cancer within the tumour. “It did feel really uncomfortable – it wasn’t hard and solid, it was more squishy and it was pushing in on my organs,” Mrs Carter said. “I gained a bit of weight but my appetite was gone and I felt really full quickly but my clothes weren’t getting tighter; it wasn’t making any sense.” The hardest part after the recovery was dealing with surgical menopause at 33, Mrs Carter said. “It’s something you don’t expect and you definitely don’t feel ready for at that time of your life,” she said. Mrs Carter said women should get checked regularly, and especially when something isn’t right. “Don’t think doctors are always right,” she said. “Some women don’t understand symptoms with cancers but if you think something isn’t right persist and get some answers. “Listen to you body and if you have slight

Cranebrook resident Sharon Carter. Photo: Megan Dunn changes that aren’t normal for you, get checked out.” February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian Cancer Australia is reminding

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Petbarn Store Manager Ron Meigan says that obesity in pets needs to be taken seriously by local residents EMILY NEWTON

he search is on for Penrith’s most pudgy pet, as Petbarn’s Biggest Pet Loser challenge helps furry family members get into shape. With 41 per cent of dogs considered overweight by the Australian Veterinary Association, the challenge aims to shed light on pet obesity. 10 shortlisted pets and their owners will go on a 12 week fitness journey with Greencross Vets and celebrity trainer Sam Wood. Penrith’s Coreen Avenue Petbarn Store Manager, Ron Meigan, said that sometimes we can get carried away with spoiling our pets. “We know how much us locals love our pets. We give them treats when they’ve

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been good, the scraps on our plate even after they’ve had their meal and sometimes choose to kick back with them with a tummy rub instead of playtime, all of which is causing more harm than good,” Mr Meigan said. “With our expertise in pet care, together with Sam’s ‘28’ training and nutrition program for people, we believe that this is a great way to help both pets and humans go on the journey of health together.” Register at www.petbarnbiggestpetloser.com.au before March 1 to go into the running to participate in the challenge and for the chance to win a $2000 Petbarn voucher and $1000 cash. For more information, visit Petbarn at Coreen Avenue in Penrith or at the Penrith Homemaker Centre on Mulgoa Road.

D-Day for Station Street bridges Work began last weekend to remove the two bridges over Station Street in the Penrith CBD. The removal will continue over the next two weekends. Penrith Mayor John Thain said Station Street would be closed to traffic from Henry Street and High Street from 9pm on Saturdays through to 5am on Mondays.

“We apologise for any inconvenience and we thank the community for their cooperation,” he said. The 10-week project to remove the Allen Place ramp and elevated car park is on schedule. The project is expected to be completed by March 20, weather permitting. Anyone wanting more information is urged to visit Council’s website.

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here are many misconceptions that business owners hold. Successful ones challenge these myths and swallow their pride to admit they may have been doing it wrong. Here are some common misconceptions to consider: ‘Always maintain focus’ If you spend your whole day jumping from one task to another, finishing nothing, then you have a problem with focus. But we do also need distractions to boost creativity. If we force ourselves to keep focused on a task until it is finished, we may find that it takes longer to complete. Taking a break actually helps you to RE-focus and increase energy levels. As long as you don’t get too distracted, having ‘less’ focus may benefit you. ‘Don’t let the small stuff stress you’ If you have read my articles for any length of time, you would know I definitely disagree with this one! Although we shouldn’t get stuck on something genuinely unimportant, attention to detail, and being concerned with the seemingly insignificant things, can create great benefits.

Customers will notice the extra effort and sometimes stress can increase your effort levels. ‘Always take on a new client’ I have learned the hard way that it is not wise to accept every project or customer that comes your way. If you take on work that is outside your scope, or that you loathe to do, you will soon create a business that you don’t want to be in. Or if you take on more than you can handle, you will gain a reputation for over-promising and under-delivering. Neither scenario is good. Be clear about your capacity to accept extra work and be prepared to decline work when necessary. ‘You need to know how to do it all’ No you don’t. I have yet to meet a business owner who hasn’t started out this way. The ones who stay in business longer than five years soon work out that delegation is the key to success. No-one is an expert on everything. Challenge the myths, and you’ll find even more success!

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Something for everyone at this year’s Luddenham Show little bit of Mount Panorama will descend on Luddenham Showground on February 18 and 19, with the historic grounds to rumble to the roar of 500 horse power V8 donks as Holden and Ford utes scream around the main arena. All the way from Adelaide, the Trackskill V8 Race Ute Show is unquestionably one of Australia’s most spectacular car stunt teams and has been seen all over the country including Royal Show performances. At each performance some lucky people

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from the crowd will be chosen at random to sit in the passenger seat for a white knuckle, spine tingling relay race – it’s sure to be a lot faster than the dodgem cars as the dirt sprays. Another feature will see these daring drivers pit their talents against a horse, bike and souped up lawnmowers in an obstacle challenge. For those who like their entertainment a little more sedate do not fret, much of Luddenham’s charm dates back to a

by-gone era. Living up to its motto of ‘The Country Show’, the annual event takes place for the 113th time on the picturesque and historic Luddenham Showground. One of only around four showgrounds in NSW still owned by the local community, the surroundings would make you believe that you were many miles into the country and not a mere stone’s throw from the future site of Sydney’s next airport. The event is run entirely by a small but very hard working committee, many of

whom can trace their families’ association with the show all the way back to the beginning. As 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Australian light horse charge at Beersheba in World War I, the last and one of the greatest horseback charges in history, you can wander through the grounds and historic buildings that were actually the base for Luddenham’s very own Light Horse squadron at the time of the war. See you at the Show!

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So much to do at one of the great country shows he Luddenham Show will kick off each morning with horse classes held on the main arena. Known through the equine industry as one of the major lead-up events to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, some of the finest horse flesh in the country will go under the judge’s eye. Saturday morning will also play host to cattle assessing, wander down and see some beautiful juicy steaks (while they are still attached to the rump of an animal!). The cowboys will battle it out with rank bulls in the open bull ride, we will also see the rodeo champions of the future in the steer and poddy calf rides. At Luddenham you do not need to simply sit back with a beer and watch the entertainment, you can actually be involved yourself with events on the main arena such as the dog high jump contest, Yank-a-ute for the adults and Yank-abuggy for the kids. If artistic ability is more your style, there is a wide range of classes from painting, photography, quilt making and flowers to homebrew, farm produce and even Lego building. Always renowned for the quality of the stage entertainment, this year is no exception with a talent quest, reptile displays

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with a difference, clowns and shearing demonstrations all scheduled to take place. The main band this year is Rough Stock, back by popular demand. This great country-rock band hails from Riverstone and can be seen touring the country and are always one of the most sought after acts at each Tamworth Country Music Festival. They will have the crowd up toe tapping and dancing well into the night, Held in an adjoining paddock overlooking dams and the Blue Mountains as a back drop, Sunday is the ever popular sheep dog trials. The final day will also see one of the sports invented right here in Australia take a spotlight with the always well-liked wood chopping contest. Some of the best axe-men of not only Australia but also New Zealand will have their razor-sharp axes flying as they battle to cut through the timber in the quickest time. The stage program allows once again for the young or young at heart to get involved themselves with events such as the ice-cream eating contest, whip cracking, talent quest and the Luddenham Country Kid hitting the main stage.

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Luddenham Show will always retain its traditional style or 126 years, the Luddenham Agricultural, Horticultural and Industrial Society have been running traditional country shows in Luddenham, with 13 shows cancelled due to wars and droughts. Around 5000 people entered the gates for last year’s event, raving about the fun and activities on offer. President of the Society, Wayne Willmington, said the show is a heap of fun. “It’s a real country show,” he said. “There’s some new things going on this year like the Demolition Derby, which is really exciting and also some of our older activities too.” Mr Willmington said even with new developments coming through the town, the country feel within the show will remain. “It’s a great thing to be able to bring a bit of the country to the city and for people that live in suburbia to be part of the country,” he said. “Things will change with the new developments and plans but we really want to keep up the country vibe.” Not only is it a great show now, but in the early days people were loving what was on offer.

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“In one of the earlier editions of the Nepean Times, the first show was actually described as the best first show in the colony of NSW so that’s really cool,” Mr Willmington said. While the society help run the show, it’s the community’s involvement that really pushes it along. “I just want to thank the community who have kept supporting the show for all these years,” Mr Willmington said. “I’d also like to thank our committee who put many hours into ensuring the show can go ahead.” Sheep shearing, reptile shows, dog high jump, chainsaw competitions, horse and cattle classes, ‘Luddenham’s Got Talent’, and ice-cream eating competitions are just some of the fun activities on offer for the weekend. “This year the show will come to an end with our first ever Demolition Derby at 4pm on Sunday,” Mr Willmington said. Whether you’re a child attending your first show or a veteran of the event, there’s definitely something for everyone this weekend. The Luddenham Show will be held this weekend, Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19. Don’t miss out!

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and Tears so popular with audiences young and old. Heading up the current incarnation of the American jazz-rock band is ‘American Idol’ season 4 runner up Bo Bice – who performed one of the band’s biggest hits ‘Spinning Wheel’ live on the show. Fast forward to 2013 and after a dinner meeting, Bo was asked to join one of his favourite bands as guest vocalist. “Initially I had just come in to do three or so shows,” he said. “Then three turned into five, and the five turned into eight, and now we’re on our second trip over to Australia.” For Bo it’s been a fantastic experience performing on stage without having to

worry about the responsibilities of a solo artist, where you have employees relying on you to make a living. “It’s offered me a couple of years of just being able to be a normal guy, but for 90 minutes a day I get to go play rock star which is kinda cool,” he said. “I get to do what I love – playing with Blood, Sweat and Tears – but also it’s left me more opportunity to do some other things that I love – being a good dad and husband, but also pursuing opening my own music school and music store.” Blood, Sweat and Tears will be heading to the Evan Theatre at Penrith Panthers in March, and while Bo is now well and truly a member of the group, he is adamant

that the focus be on the music, not him personally. “If you’re expecting to come along and see Bo Bice be the star of the show you’re probably not going to be very happy, because the star of the show is the catalogue,” he said. “You have to be on top of your game to play this catalogue of music, and I believe any singer on the face of the planet would say that.” Blood, Sweat and Tears will be performing at the Evan Theatre at Penrith Panthers on Saturday, March 18 at 8pm. Tickets are $73.60. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.penrith. panthers.com.au or call 4720 5555.

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The Accountant

Rated MA // KATE REID Oscar winner Ben Affleck takes aim at the ‘boring accountant’ stereotype in this action-packed crime thriller. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is great with numbers, but not so great with people. The math savant works as a financial consultant in an unsuspecting small-town CPA office, where he does the books for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organisations. As the Treasury Department’s Crime

Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons) starts to hunt him down, Christian takes on a new legitimate client, an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) who has uncovered fraud at the robotics firm where she works. Though the case seems straight forward things take a dangerous turn as the truth comes to light and the body count starts to rise. ‘The Accountant’ is out now!

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Rated MA. PS4, Xbox One and PC // KATE REID Prepare for life on the battlefield when you take on the role of Knight, Samurai or Viking in this fight for glory and survival. ‘For Honor’ is a fast-paced melee action game which offers players an immersive gaming experience, with the choice of solo or multiplayer gameplay. The game’s innovative control system, known as The Art Of Battle, puts you in control of your hero as you take down soldiers, archers and opposing heroes with your character’s skills and weapons.

Hidden Figures

Rated PG // KATE REID The story of three incredible AfricanAmerican women behind one of NASA’s most important operations takes to the big screen this week. ‘Hidden Figures’ takes a look at the fascinating untold story of Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer), Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), the mathematical minds behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit – one of the greatest NASA operations in history. Working behind the scenes, while battling against gender and race lines, these three mathematicians managed to achieve incredible feats in support of the American space program.

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‘Hidden Figures’ has been an overwhelming hit with critics and has earned a nomination for Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars. The film is also currently the highestgrossing nominee in the category, overtaking the hit musical ‘La La Land’. Movie review site Rotten Tomatoes has described this historical drama as heartwarming and crowd-pleasing. It’s really encouraging to see films like this being made, helping to give recognition to groups that are often underrepresented in historical storytelling. ‘Hidden Figures’ is screening at Hoyts Penrith. For more information on session times, visit www.hoyts.com.au.

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Taylor TV NEWS Ê ‘Survivor Australia’ host Jonathon LaPaglia will no longer star in ‘Love Child’, and instead will focus on the hit Channel Ten reality show. LaPaglia wasn’t announced as a cast member for season four, with the actor claiming late last year he heard nothing from Nine regarding his status on the show. Interesting! Ê Channel Nine has announced a new two-year partnership with Surfing Australia. It will broadcast 15 half hour episodes of ‘mySURF.tv’, hosted by WSL commentator Ronnie Blakey with surf lifestyle and culture content from Australia and abroad, plus 12 monthly half hour shows called ‘Surfing Australia TV’ hosted by Nine presenter Sam Squiers. Ê

It’s been a battle to get it back on the

air but Foxtel has finally premiered the latest season of ‘Nashville’. The show was axed in the US after four seasons last year but was revived by CMT due to fan outrage. The new season airs on Showcase on Sunday nights.

Ê The latest season of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ returns on Monday, March 6 at 1pm and 9.30pm. It’s still unclear whether the two biggest dramas for the Kardashians last year – Kim’s Paris robbery and Kanye West’s rehab stint – will be addressed. Ê

Channel Nine is now the new home of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’. With Donald Trump busy doing his thing in the White House these days, Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger takes over the

reigns as boss of the reality series. Nine launched the show last Tuesday at 10pm but you can catch-up on the first episode via 9Now.

Ê Streaming service Stan has renewed hit Aussie series ‘Wolf Creek’ for a second season. From March 24, Stan will also launch weekly comedy specials ‘One Night Stan’, with stand-up shows from Wil Anderson, Tom Ballard, Tom Gleeson, Judith Lucy, Celia Pacquola and Sam Simmons. Ê New US sitcom ‘The Mick’ begins on FOX8 on Sunday, February 26. The series stars Kaitlin Olson as a brash, two-bit hustler who assumes guardianship of three high-maintenance nephews and nieces when their parents flee the country.

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PENRITH’S MOST RESPECTED LINE-UP OF LIFESTYLE EXPERTS

ARIES

LEO

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

your horoscopes

Rams love to rush full speed ahead but this week’s frustrating stars don’t encourage haste. Your patron planet Mars squares powerful Pluto on Wednesday. So, if your actions are blocked or a relationship hits a brick wall, then use it as an opportunity to re-group, re-plan and re-energise. You thrive on debate and confrontation but pick your battles carefully because in the short term you’re unlikely to win.

Avoid the temptation to be a drama queen and fly off the handle this week. If you try to control or manipulate others, then you’re in for a tumultuous time (especially at work). For some attached Lions – your lacklustre love life gets a welcome boost, as Sunday night’s Solar Eclipse stimulates your sensuality zone. Single Cats – a physical attraction promises passion but are you seeing the person clearly?

TAURUS

VIRGO

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

Do you secretly long to change something in your life, but it never seems to be the ‘right’ time? Stop being a stubborn Bull; digging your hooves in; and making ridiculous excuses! The message of this week’s Solar Eclipse is to be fluid and flexible, as you adapt to evolving circumstances with the greatest of ease. Your intuition will also speak to you in a special way.

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

The stars rev up your motor, speed up your mind and stimulate your study gene. So, with hard work and positive thinking on your side, you can climb any mountain and sail any stormy sea. But has your relationship been stuck in a time-warp where it’s been difficult to move forward? The Solar Eclipse brings a shift in perspective, as you view your lover in a promising new light.

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LIBRA

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

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Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn all give you a welcome boost this week. Your quicksilver mind is firing on all cylinders; concentration is unusually good; and you’re keen to communicate, study and learn. But your tendency to over-talk and over-share could get you into trouble if you spread gossip. Draw inspiration from Steve Irwin: “Be passionate and enthusiastic in the direction that you choose in life, and you’ll win”.

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Mars and Pluto pair up and disrupt domestic harmony. Don’t let it disturb your equilibrium though Libra! The secret to success at the moment is learning to let go, as you keep what’s working in your life and discard what isn’t. Opportunities for growth come from loved ones, as you realise who has your best interests at heart. It’s also a good time to express your creative side or appreciate the artistic talents of others.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

SAGITTARIUS

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

SCORPIO

There’ll be opportunities to release old emotional baggage from the past. If you hold onto grudges, it will adversely affect your current relationships. So work on building bridges and nurturing loved ones. Be inspired by writer Anais Nin (born on Feb 21): “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back. A new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country”.

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Mars and Pluto compel you to remove the dead wood from your life. Then the Solar Eclipse repeats this theme of breaking down old patterns of behaviour and forging a fabulous new course. Transformation is the name of the game as you leave the familiar behind, and venture into uncharted territory. Your motto is from fellow Scorpio, Will Rogers: “Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction”.

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Tuesday is a terrific day to communicate creative concepts and innovative ideas via talking, writing and artistic pursuits. Avoid getting drawn into an argument on Wednesday (where you’ll be expected to defend your ideas). Have faith in your unique talents. Your motto for the moment is from birthday great Anais Nin: “You should not give anybody the power to decide what is right and wrong in your creativity”.

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CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Wednesday is the worst day of the week, when Mars and Pluto amp up your assertive and controlling side. Which is likely to attract opposition from others. Instead of wasting precious time on pointless power games, why not grab the Goat by the horns and initiate some long overdue changes? Especially involving family, travel or education. Be inspired by fellow Capricorn, writer Simone de Beauvoir.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Tuesday’s Mercury/Uranus link is fabulous for social media connections and inventive Internet endeavours as you talk, text, tweet and post up a storm. And then Sunday’s Solar Eclipse stimulates your cash zone. Letting finances take their own course seems tempting but you really do need to keep up to speed with money matters. If you increase your financial literacy then it will pay off handsomely further down the track.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Stop procrastinating and instead, ask yourself an important question. Do you need to tweak your dreams to make them a more honest reflection of the real you? And don’t sell yourself short. Believe in yourself and aim for the stars! Next Sunday’s Solar Eclipse is in your sign, so you could experience the healing of a relationship or the resolution of a personal problem.

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Why your feet feel so uncomfortable when walking Pain and discomfort when you’re walking is never ideal, but seeking help can resolve the issue...

Kaitlin Harms Podiatrist OnePoint Health 4732 5188 onepointhealth.com.au

Do you ever feel like you’re walking on a rock in your shoes? Or do you have that constant feeling of your socks being scrunched up when they aren’t? In between the spaces of the metatarsals in the foot, there are a series of digital nerves that innervate the toes. Each nerve is surrounded by a sheath which provides protection to the nerve. When the area is overloaded due to an increase of pressure, this sheath becomes irritated and thickened in an attempt to protect the nerve. It occurs most commonly in middleaged females, particularly in those who wear a lot of high heels and constrictive footwear. The most common space it affects is in between metatarsals three and four. The likelihood of developing a neuroma depends on a range of factors. These include: • Foot mechanics – can lead to a pressure overload • High heels – increase the amount of pressure on the forefoot • Tight footwear – compress the area.

There are a few indicators that you may be suffering from a morton’s neuroma. These include: • Pain under the ball of the foot • Feelings of a pebble in your shoe or sock scrunched up • Pain and/or numbness into the lesser toes • Pain on direct palpation of the area • Pain on side-to-side compression of the forefoot Usually a diagnosis can be made on assessment, however sometimes ultrasound imaging can be used to confirm the diagnosis. Following an assessment by a Podiatrist a suitable treatment plan will be made. This aims to address the cause of the issue and therefore reduce the pain symptoms that you have been experiencing. It may be necessary to use custom orthotic therapy in the treatment of a neuroma to improve foot mechanics and distribute the pressure more evenly throughout the foot. Footwear is an important aspect in the treatment process of a neuroma. This is because forefoot compression due to tight footwear aggravates a morton’s neuroma and increases the symptoms. In all cases it is necessary to ensure that there is adequate width across the forefoot area to minimise the risk of this

happening. If you think the above related to you, call our team at OnePointHealth on 4732 5188 to arrange an appointment with one of our Podiatrists.

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The frightening disease that could kill your furry friends Vets want to rid Penrith of Parvovirus by 2020, but need pet owners to keep their dogs vaccinated...

Nicole McMillan Practice owner of Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic and the Western Sydney Cat Hospital

Parvovirus is a deadly, highly infectious viral disease that affects dogs. The virus is shed from infected dogs in their saliva, vomit and faeces. It is extremely hardy and can resist most household disinfectants and survive in soil. It can be transported on shoes, clothes, flying insects and tyres. Dogs become infected when there is oral exposure to the virus in faeces, soil and fomites and they will be affected within three to seven days of exposure. Clinical signs of infection are inappetence, vomiting and haemorrhagic diarrhoea. The virus causes sloughing of the intestinal lining and attacks the immune system. Affected dogs have severe abdominal pain, they become dehydrated and will often develop complications like pneumonia and sepsis. Dogs without treatment normally die rapidly. To detect Parvovirus infection a simple test that takes only minutes to perform is available. There is no way of killing the virus once dogs are affected. Treatment is intensive and aims to support the body

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This young guy is a typical cattle dog pup, he is so happy and full of life. With lots of fun energy to burn he would make a great companion for a family that likes to be active daily with walks and a lot of playtime. He is good with his sit when asked and always has a smile on his face! He has a lot to offer a new family so please come and meet him.

Past the puppy stage and now a happy and friendly 2 year old this girl would be a pleasure to add to your home. She is a very laidback dog that doesn’t let much bother her, she tested well with other dogs (we always suggest bringing your own dog if you have one) and enjoyed a game with some toys. A walk a day and some time with the family and this girl would feel very at home, is she the one for you?

Sadly for this older lady she has ended up at the shelter and her owners have not come for her. At 12 years old she is in need of a home that understands an older dog’s needs and is happy to have a companion to spend time with, go on short walks with and just generally be around. She doesn’t want for much in life at her age just a kind family, a warm bed, good food and all the love in the world.

until the virus is fought off by the dog’s own immune system. Patients require treatment in isolation with IV fluids, antibiotics, anti-nausea medications and pain relief. They often need plasma transfusions to help replace proteins lost from the gut. Transfusions also offer some antibodies from the donor. Recovery depends on the strength of the dog’s immunity and if complications can be successfully treated. Most dogs will recover with treatment but it can be lengthy and expensive, some dogs despite treatment sadly still die. Dogs will continue to shed the virus two to three weeks after recovery. The best protection from Parvovirus is vaccination. Puppies require a series of vaccinations, normally three. Adult

PCC 672 FEMALE 4 YEARS $254.10. AVAILABLE FOR REHOMING NOW This girl is gorgeous, she has the most stunning eyes and coat. She has been at the shelter almost 8 weeks now waiting for a home. She does like to “love bite” you if you pat her to long so a home with young kids may not be suitable for her. If you have a home with a nice sunny window she can sit in and watch the world go by she would love to meet you!

dogs require boosters to maintain their immunity. There are vaccinations that offer either one or three years of protection. Most dogs that are affected are either unvaccinated with no immunity or not fully vaccinated with only partial immunity. Commonly cases are seen in puppies being exposed while they are still receiving their vaccination course and adult dogs that miss their booster vaccinations. Isolating dogs reduces exposure risk but due to the way Parvovirus is spread, isolation alone is not guaranteed to fully protect your dog. Our mission is to have the Penrith region free from Parvovirus by the year 2020. This can only be achieved by increasing vaccination rates. As with human diseases, the more animals in a population that are protected, the more effectively it reduces the spread of the disease and helps protect those most vulnerable to infection. We recommend all dogs are kept up-to-date with their vaccinations to provide protection against this deadly disease. Through ongoing support from the RSPCA and our staff volunteering their free time, we have developed community service programs to increase vaccination rates and provide assistance to eligible pet owners. Please call the clinic or visit our website to find out more about vaccination and our community service programs.

PCC 62 MALE 5 YEARS $254.10 AVAILABLE FOR REHOMING NOW FOUND IN WERRINGTON After being picked up as a stray in Werrington and being brought into the shelter this big boy hasn’t been lucky enough to go home to his owners. He is quite upset at the shelter which of course is to be expected, he will accept small pats but that’s all at the moment. He is a big cat that will need an understanding home to let him settle in. No doubt there is a very friendly and sweet guy underneath there we just have to find him.

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HCC 12 FEMALE 22 MONTHS $254.10 AVAILABLE NOW SURRENDERED Meet Tinkerbell, she was surrendered to the shelter because she missed the litter tray at times. Now she is at the shelter she isn’t coping at all and desperately needs a loving home, her health has declined as she’s stopped eating and her coat is falling out from over-grooming due to stress. Tinkerbell is a very sweet girl, she just needs a home where she will be loved and to feel secure.

We always recommend bringing your own dogs to the shelter to meet any of the shelter dogs.

The shelter is in need of toys, blankets (not doonas or pillows though), treats and coats for large dogs. Please contact the shelter if you can help.

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Putting the best safety measures in place for our kids Ensuring the safety of children both in and out of the water is a priority for swimming centres...

Julie Fletcher Nepean Swim and Fitness julie@nepeanswim.com.au nepeanaquaticcentre.com.au and on Facebook

The findings of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse were released last week, and are truly shocking, with one in 14 Australian Catholic priests who worked between 1950 and 2010 among 75 Catholic Church bodies surveyed by the Commission alleged to be perpetrators of child sexual abuse. Last year Sydney dance teacher Grant Davies was sentenced to 24 years in jail for multiple child sex offences against nine victims over several years. Public hearings have in recent years investigated allegations of abuse within sporting bodies including Tennis Australia, Tennis NSW, Football NSW, the NSW Institute of Sport and others, and examined the Child Protection policies of organisations including Cricket Australia, Netball Australia, Little Athletics, Surf Lifesaving Australia, the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Olympic and Paralympic Committees in a bid to stamp out the potential for abuse to occur in sporting clubs and communities in the future. This can be a huge cause of anxiety for

parents – just as we can’t drown proof our children, we also can’t abuse proof our children – so how do we ensure the safest possible environment for our kids to pursue their activities and interests? Most clubs and associations now have strict child protection measures in place, so familiarise yourself with their policies, and make sure you are comfortable with the protection measures in place. At both of our swim centres, all of our employees are required to obtain a Working With Children Check, which involves a National Police Check (criminal history record check) and a review of reportable workplace misconduct. The check is valid for five years, however, it will be continuously monitored for any new relevant offences or workplace records to ensure that the check remains current. We have gender appropriate change room policies, and zero tolerance on recording devices or mobile phones in change rooms. We advertise that no parent is allowed to take photos of any children other than their own, and that under no circumstances may a picture of another child be uploaded to social media without express permission by the parent, and that to do so may be a violation of state and federal laws. For competitive swimming, Swimming Australia launched a new ‘Safe

Sport’ framework for codes of conduct, complaint handling and child protection on July 29 2016, which Swimming NSW and the other states have adopted and are in the process of rolling out to Swimming Clubs in NSW to keep all children safer. The framework includes providing a safe environment for everyone involved in the sport of swimming, and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children or young people in particular.

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or until tender. Remove and run under cold water to stop the cooking process and maintain the gorgeous bright green colour. 5. Add the soba noodles to the boiling water. Boil rapidly for four minutes or until al dente, drain into a colander and run the noodles under cold water twice. Place into a mixing bowl and combine with the carrot, spring onion, snow peas, broccolini and the remaining sesame seeds. 6. Put all the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Pour over the soba noodle salad and toss to combine. 7. Put the salmon in the oven and bake for minute minutes to cook through and crisp the top. Divide the soba noodle salad among four plates and top with the baked salmon. Enjoy this dish hot or cold.

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The new-look Mitch Rein making his Panthers debut last weekend. Photo: NRL Photos NATHAN TAYLOR

f there’s one thing every Panthers fan knows, it’s that when it comes to matches against arch rivals and western Sydney neighbours Parramatta, there’s no such thing as a trial. And with the NRL inexplicably not scheduling a premiership match between the two clubs at Pepper Stadium this year, this Saturday night’s pre-season encounter will have plenty of extra bite. The match gives Penrith coach Anthony Griffin the chance to put his troops through one last test before next month’s season opener against St George-Illawarra. With a number of positions – including

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who will fill Josh Mansour’s vacant wing spot – still up for grabs, Griffin said tomorrow night’s Battle of the West at Pepper Stadium will be more important than ever. “There’s still some positions to be decided but, in general, it’s a good opportunity for most of those guys to get one hit-out together, and hopefully we don’t have any trouble with injury,” Griffin told the Weekender. “If we can get 50 or 60 minutes into most of the players on Saturday night, we’ll be able to round off our preparation and get a good idea of our side going into Round 1.” For the first time this pre-season, Penrith will unleash skipper Matt Moylan, while Te Maire Martin and Nathan Cleary will line up in the halves.

Bryce Cartwright and Tyrone Peachey will also make their 2017 club debuts following last Friday’s All Stars event in Newcastle, while injured pair Dean Whare and Peta Hiku will continue to push their case for a spot in the backline. “Everyone is fit and healthy at the moment and there’s a lot of competition for spots, especially in the forwards,” Griffin said. “It’s a good opportunity for them to get out and compete on Saturday night.” Last weekend Griffin had his first chance to test out the majority of his squad when Penrith took on Canterbury in very hot conditions at Belmore Sports Ground. With fears the match would be called off due to the record heat, Griffin said there

was little doubt the game would go ahead. “It was hot out there but I didn’t hear any whinging or complaining from either squad or staff,” he said. “I spoke to Des [Hasler] before the game and he was happy to play. It was obviously extremely hot during the day but that time of night it wasn’t too bad.” Penrith’s side, made up largely of youngsters and new recruits including Mitch Rein, prevailed over the more experienced Bulldogs outfit 20-10. “We defended well for most of the game, we let in a couple of soft tries at the end of both halves, but in general we moved pretty well in defence, I thought,” he said. “It was good to give 31 players some time and it was good to see them uninjured.”

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Historic new chapter for popular sport The new Sydney Derby: Giants and Swifts go head to head as Super Netball competition gets underway NATHAN TAYLOR

new rivalry in Australian sport will be born this Saturday evening when new local franchise Giants Netball and the NSW Swifts do battle for the very first time. The two Sydney-based netball clubs will go head to head in the season opener of Australia’s brand new Super Netball competition. Featuring eight Australian franchises, the Super Netball competition replaces the long-running ANZ Championship as the country’s top netball league. Speaking with the Weekender, Giants goal shooter Kristina Brice said she’s looking forward to creating a fierce rivalry with the Swifts. “We’re hoping it’ll be similar to Swans v Giants in the AFL,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll get plenty of fans coming to watch as it’s going to be new and exciting for them as well.” With major broadcasting deals with Channel Nine and Telstra, the Super Netball competition is set to finally put the popular participation sport on the map once and for all. “The broadcast opportunity certainly gets the sport out there,” Brice said. “The AFL Women’s competition has been really successful with crowds and on TV, so hopefully we can have that same success when we start this weekend.” Making the start of the competition even more exciting for the 22-year-old is the fact that she’s returning home to Sydney after a number of years plying her trade with the Adelaide Thunderbirds. A junior with the Hassall Grove Netball Club in the Mount Druitt District, Brice took out the ANZ Championship Best New Talent award in 2016, but said the opportunity to come home was one she couldn’t pass up. “I had a really good season last year with Adelaide and a number of offers came

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New Giants Netball recruit Kristina Brice takes a shot. Photo: Murray Wilkinson through but I decided that the Giants would be the best option for me all round,” she said. “Adelaide gave me so many opportunities, I was down there the last two years but nothing is better than being able to play back home.”

Brice’s support network will be front and centre when she takes to the court at 5pm tomorrow evening at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre. “There’s so many people that said they can’t wait to watch me play,” she said. “It was harder when I was in Adelaide

last year because I only got to play one game in Sydney, so they’re all looking forward to watching me play.” Meanwhile, Penrith Netball junior and St Clair local Paige Hadley will act as vice captain for the opposing NSW Swifts side this season.

Rugby League More chances for girls to pull on green and white jersey NATHAN TAYLOR

ith women’s rugby league gaining more and more momentum, St Marys Junior Rugby League Club is excited to offer young girls the opportunity to play through more age groups. “Since the announcement last July that Saints would be fielding girls’ teams in the Penrith and District Junior Rugby League competition the interest has been huge,” St Marys Rugby League Manager, Adam Przybyla said. “We are looking to field two teams in

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Local St Marys Junior Rugby League players Taimana and Aliyah

each of the age groups U13-14s, U15-16s and U17-18s, potentially giving around 90 girls the opportunity to wear the Saints green and white jersey.” Anyone interested in joining the St Marys club is advised to visit one of the relevant training sessions below: Girls U13-U14 train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm-6.30pm at The Kingsway Field 2. Girls U15-U16 train on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6pm-7pm at The Kingsway Field 2. Girls U17-18 train on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6pm-7pm at The Kingsway Field 1.


From Penrith to the Winter Olympics Masjuk has sights set on Olympic berth as he prepares for Asian Winter Games in Japan NATHAN TAYLOR

enrith is always very well represented at the Summer Olympic Games, but soon it could have its very own Winter Olympic athlete with local resident Nicholas Masjuk excelling in the high energy sport of snowboarding. The 20-year-old, who is currently based in Colorado, will represent Australia next week at the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Japan. While this will be Masjuk’s biggest competition to date, he already has his eyes set on a Winter Olympics berth in the coming years. “Anything is possible,” Masjuk told the Weekender from the United States. “The Asian Winter Games weren’t part of my plan as I didn’t expect to be called up, but I’ll definitely do my best to qualify for the 2018 Olympics, if not 2022.” Masjuk has been snowboarding since the tender age of seven when his parents took him to Queenstown in New Zealand for a holiday. Years later Masjuk started to take his passion for snowboarding much more seriously, entering into junior competi-

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Nicholas Masjuk on the snow tions and participating in regular training programs. “In Year 7 my parents asked me if I was interested in any proper training and learning how to race,” Masjuk recalled. “I ended up enrolling in a program down

at Thredbo and every weekend my parents would take me to Thredbo to train.” As Masjuk began to improve, he took his raw and exciting talent to the US for even more training – finding him on some of the best ski fields on the planet.

In 2014, after completing his HSC, Masjuk went to beautiful Steamboat Springs in Colorado and joined their Winter Sports Pro-Am team, spending five months learning from the best. “In the 2014/15 USA season, I came second overall in the USASA National Championships and then the following year I bettered that by coming first overall at the USASA National Championships and first in Boardercross,” Masjuk said. Following excellent results from the 2015/16 season, as well as his international ranking and being number one in Australia, Masjuk was selected to compete at his first Asian Winter Games. The competition, which gets underway on Sunday, will see 31 countries from the Asian and Oceania regions participate in 11 sports including skiing, figure and speed skating, curling and ice hockey. Masjuk will compete in the Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom. “I can’t wait to compete at an Olympicstandard competition against some of the best in the world, experiencing the opening ceremony, village life and meeting athletes,” Masjuk said. “I just hope I represent Australia to the best of my ability. A top 16 finish would be great, top eight would be sensational.”

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Fencing Hit TV show ‘Game of Thrones’ inspires female fencers NATHAN TAYLOR

omen’s fencing is on the rise in Penrith thanks to recent Aussie Olympic gold medallist Chloe Esposito and mega hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. Penrith Academy of Fencing, located in Jamisontown, held its annual Bill Gal tournament late last year, with the top four positions in the Women’s Foil Final won by club members – Sinead Elliott, Chloe Steward, Siobhan Elliott and Rose Cook. Displaying a mix of finesse and technical skills, 14-year-old Sinead was crowned overall champion. Sinead finished her best year to date by winning three regional titles and representing NSW at two national fencing competitions. At the National School Championship, held in Brisbane, Sinead took home silver after a close 15-13 loss to the Queensland state champion. Speaking with the Weekender, coach Rene Kopiec said Sinead had her most impressive year to date in the sport. “Sinead went into the most competitions last year and we’re really proud of the effort she’s put in,” he said. “She went awfully close to winning gold

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in Brisbane, so we were exceptionally pleased with the result.” Kopiec said if Sinead continues with fencing, she could one day represent Australia and perhaps emulate Esposito. “Like all kids she has potential, it’s really how hard she applies herself,” he said. “Sinead’s got the right temperament, she’s very competitive but she also has the right amount of skill and finesse. “With hard practice, she has the ability to progress well in the sport.” Fencing is a unique sport for both males and females over the age of 10. For over 30 years, Penrith Academy of Fencing has provided training, competition and coaching for both children and adults from beginners through to international competitors. Kopiec said there’s a new wave of interest in the sport from females. “Last year we saw an increase in females taking up the sport,” he said. “With the success of Chloe Esposito at the Olympics, it’s an exciting time for the sport.” The club is now commencing new beginner classes and welcomes all new starters to learn the art of fencing. “We are currently on the hunt for new people to be involved. There will be plenty of competitions they can enter,” he said.

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Around the grounds CRICKET: Due to the record heat last Saturday, the Round 13 NSW Premier Cricket match between Penrith and Eastern Suburbs was called off. Not since Sydney Grade Cricket launched in 1893 has a whole round been called off due to the heat. Games are expected to resume this weekend. CRICKET: Penrith are through to the Sydney Premier Cricket Limited Overs Grand Final after defeating Sutherland with one ball to spare last Sunday afternoon at Glenn McGrath Oval. Chasing 229 for victory, Big Bash League stars Pat Cummins (2/34), Ryan Gibson (80) and Josh Lalor (2/37) all played pivotal roles in Penrith’s thrilling win. Lalor hit the winning runs off the second last ball to see the Penrith side into the Grand Final with a dramatic one wicket win. Penrith will now take on Hawkesbury for the title at 10am next Sunday, February 26 at Howell Oval. BASEBALL: After a well-earned bye last round, Penrith will return to the diamond against Central Coast during Round 18 of the NSW State Baseball League competition. Penrith will contest the final round of the regular season in third position, with a win in both games ensuring them a spot in the playoffs. AFLW: The GWS Giants have lost their second game of the new AFL

Women’s competition, going down to Carlton by 13 points last weekend. GWS kept a narrow lead for most of the day before five successive goals saw the Blues get home 47-34. “For three quarters of the game we were pretty much on top, but unfortunately it is a 60 minute game and that’s when Carlton really hurt us,” Giants coach, Tim Schmidt said. A huge crowd is expected this Saturday at noon when the Giants play their first home game of the season against Fremantle at Blacktown International Sportspark. LEAGUE: The opening round of the NSWRL Junior Representative season was cancelled last weekend due to the record heat. With the weather cooling down, games are expected to return this weekend. In the SG Ball competition, Penrith will take on the Western Sydney Academy of Sport while in the Harold Matthews competition, Penrith will also take on the Academy. Both games will be played at Pepper Stadium from 10am. FOOTBALL: The Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC will do battle in the third Sydney Derby of the A-League season this weekend. The Wanderers lost 2-0 to Central Coast last weekend. If you would like to make a submission to ‘Around the Grounds’, email Nathan. Taylor@westernweekender.com.au or call 4722 2998.


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enrith Golf Club is set to host the 2017 PGA Legends Tour Pro-Am. The Legends Tour Pro-Am event will see 1983 Australian Open champion Peter Fowler, 1991 British Open runnerup Mike Harwood plus a host of other PGA Professionals do battle for $15,000 in prize money. Backed by the PGA Tour of Australasia, next Friday’s competition is the first of the NSW events for the 2017 PGA Legends Tour. General Manager, Brendon Kop, said Penrith Golf Club was delighted to host the PGA Legends Tour event after the success of the inaugural Pro-Am in 2016. “Golf is a game for life and we are inviting members of the local community to participate in an event with some of Australia’s finest golfers,” he said. The PGA Legends Tour Pro-Am will be held on Friday, February 24 from 7am to 12.30pm at Penrith Golf Club. Entry is $60 per person and includes golf, lunch, beverage vouchers and prizes. For more information and to book, call the Pro Shop on 4736 1633.

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